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Santa Barbara Car Free

What's New with Santa Barbara Car Free


October 19 - 21, 2009

Carl Morrison, 

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Santa Barbara
Car Free, California, USA

How We Got There:

Amtrak Train #769
Fullerton, CA 11:36 a.m. Monday

Santa Barbara, CA, 3:03 p.m.
209 State Street

Leave: Amtrak Train #784
Santa Barbara, CA, 2:00 p.m., Wednesday

Arrive Fullerton, CA, 5:40 p.m.

How We Traveled While There:

Fess Parker Resort Free Shuttle to and from the Station
Sustainable Vine Wine Tours

Telephones/Internet Access:

Personal cell phone
Wireless and Ethernet Internet in the room at Fess Parker Doubletree Resort

Where We Stayed:

Fess Parker Doubletree Resort
533 State Street

Where We Ate:

Lunch:  Santa Fe Cafe, Fullerton Station
Dinner:  Room service at Fess Parker Doubletree Resort

Lunch:  Los Olivos Cafe
Dinner:  Bara Los Arcos, Fess Parker Doubletree Resort

Breakfast:  D'Angelos Bread
Lunch: Enterprise Fish Company

Expenses for Two:

Amtrak  Round Trip
Fullerton to SantaBarbara to Fullerton
Fare:  $83.20 per person, incl. 20% Santa Barbara Carfree discount (Click Here to Register)
Fess Parker Doubletree Resort

    Santa Barbara Car Free - 15% off Best Available Rate. Subject to availability and minimum night restrictions. **Reservations must be made through Breanne Szabados at 805-884-8568.**

Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort

Perfectly located across from the Pacific Ocean and a few blocks to downtown Santa Barbara, this 24-acre resort offers luxurious accommodations with an array of amenities- enjoy on-site recreation or simply relax by the pool. All rooms have a patio or balcony offering beautiful views. Hilton Honors members earn points & miles!
Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Questions: Thomas Trigo or Breanne Szabados for discount details    

TOLL-FREE: 1-800-879-2929
TELEPHONE: 805-564-4333
FAX: 805-962-8198

Enterprise Fish Co. Two Lunches:  $33.55

Gas:  $0

For More Information:

LINKS at the end of this report.

Your comments are welcome at:

It has been five years since Sue and I took the train from Orange County, CA, to Santa Barbara for a Car Free Vacation.  Laura Kath suggested that for this trip, we concentrate on what's new, and green, in Santa Barbara for visitors.  As it turns out, the Santa Barbara Car Free program is bigger, and greener than it was five years ago.  And, other California cities have used the Santa Barbara Car Free model to start their own programs.

Many of the original Santa Barbara businesses are still members, plus many new ones have joined.  There is now a 20% discount on Amtrak Surfliner tickets to Santa Barbara County cities, and many discounts in town for just showing your train ticket.

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 2009 Take a Vacation from the Gas Pump Promotion:

By registering at www.SantaBarbaraCar, you can receive a 20% discount Code for use on your ticket on the Pacific Surfliner--AND a list of hotels and activities that give discounts in the Santa Barbara Car Free Vacation Package available through December 31, 2009.
~Laura Kath, Santa Barbara Car Free Promotions Coordinator

Pacific Surfliner


Amtrak station Special 2009 Santa Barbara Car Free Discount - 20 percent off travel to/from Santa Barbara County stations on Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® and San Joaquins® (and associated thruway coaches)!  Register on this page to receive the promotion code and all the info by mail, and for details, see this page!

If you ride the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train to Santa Barbara, ask your train conductor for a "Transit Transfer Pass". You will get passes for two free rides on Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District buses and shuttles (for links and info see this page).

Check schedules with Amtrak (call 1-800-USA-RAIL, or look for "News" at

--Santa Barbara Car Free website 

Pacific Business Class

Pacific Surfliner trains offer reserved, guaranteed seating in the comfortable Business Class car with outlets at every seat for laptop computers.  More legroom, complimentary snacks, beverages, and newspapers make Business Class the relaxed way to travel.

--Advertisement in onboard "Amtrak California Timetable"

At Lunch at the Los Olivos Café and Wine MerchantIMG_3808.jpg

The same spot the characters in "Sideways" had lunch in the movie.

Photo Credit:  Laura Kath

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So close you could almost stick your toe in the ocean.

Running along the surf, south of Santa Barbara along the longest oceanview train route in America.

This is how the Surfliner got its name. 

Pumpkins near Oxnard
First sight of the Pacific Ocean, past a lagoon, north of Ventura.
Even the oil pumping islands have palm trees in California.  Channel Islands behind the mist on the horizon.

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